it would help to know where the snake was found. notice how small and pointed the head is, it looks like a milk snake or a scarlet snake.
or...is it a longnose snake.... Rhinocheilus lecontei i have found longnose that have very variable pattern and color. i would say lampropeltis or rhinocheilus
HAH! that snake is a longnose snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) the long nose is the only tricolored snake species to be that messy lookin in arizona and have that nose. all the other tricolored species are much more clean looking. very nice looking specimen.
I have to agree. After many trips into Arizona, I found a lot of longnose that looked similar. There is an aberrant color phase that has almost no red, prominent on the black. No Lampropetis, that's for sure. Reminds me of my California longnose. Named the beggar Roscoe.